The Pumphouse Gallery Visit
by Holly Wright 4R
On Friday 28th September the Art Club went to see a display of textiles at The Pumphouse Gallery in Battersea Park.
When we got there a lady called Anneke showed us around and explained how the artists had made the works of art. The show was called “Beauty is the first test” and it was full of really wonderful art work. The artists had used lots of different materials including cotton, wool, felt, glass, wood, mirrors and ink but there was not a single painting.
One of my favourites was a woven 3D whirlpool which was blue, green and dark yellow which made me think of stormy seas and tornados. I also liked some photos of real flowers which had been woven together on a coloured background. Everything was imaginative, creative and stunning. We all had a lovely time and many thanks to the gallery and Miss Aspeling for letting us go.
OLYMPICS AND JUBILEE
We had an especially busy time in the run up to the holiday. We were very impressed by the confident manner in which Year 2 and Year 6 pupils tackled their SATs. Many of the children followed the progress of the Olympic Torch in real time and the half term culminated in the school celebrations for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee. Many Belleville staff and children were dressed in clothes from a decade of the Queen's reign or in red, white and blue. We had punk rockers with ‘piercings’, queens, kings, princes and princesses, Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Madonna, Ginger Spice, military personnel with warpaint and medals, rock stars with big hair, horse riders, hip hop stars, book characters, exceptionally well behaved corgis, actors, sports personalities, eighties disco divas, hippies, rap stars with ‘bling’, ermine, velvet, gold and jewels aplenty and so, so much more!
The weather was fine, so there was a picnic outside. The children then gave a magnificent performance in the playground, singing songs from the same era in which they were dressed as well as The National Anthem. Ms Sykes and Mr Taylor then took to the microphone to perform songs that we all sang along to! A fun day was had by all, even the passers by who stopped to take in the atmosphere!
To formally mark The Queen's Diamond Jubilee, a Moorpark apricot tree has been planted in the Meteor Street site garden, which we hope will be heavily laden with fruit in the years to come. We have also planted two yellow Jubilee rose bushes to mark the occasion, one by the main entrance at Webb’s Road and the other outside the staffroom at Meteor Street.